Articles from the March 4, 2021 edition

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Silly Stringing the Superintendent

Superintendent Mark Pickel promised students at Waitsburg Elementary a Silly String day if they met their $2,000 Jump for Heart fundraising goal. The students blew the goal out of the water, raising... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    March 4, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine clinics playing catch-up on second doses

DAYTON-Although initial COVID-19 vaccination efforts have been uneven, incremental progress is being made, CCHS CEO Shane McGuire told the Hospital District Board of Commissioners at their meeting...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 4, 2021

The Dayton Memorial Library has a new library director

DAYTON-Todd Vandenbark is the new Library Director for the Dayton Memorial Library. Vandenbark said he became interested in Library Science when a friend told him that libraries value people who come...


Walla Walla District locks closed March 6 for maintenance

WALLA WALLA—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced on March 1 that all USACE navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake Rivers would be closed for preventative maintenance and annual...


Chamber manager takes job at Whitman college

DAYTON-The Dayton Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced March 1 that Molly Weatherill-Tate, manager of the Chamber, has accepted a position at Whitman College as Director of Admission...


School Board to take comment on sale of property

WAITSBURG—A public hearing will be held on March 18, at the Waitsburg School Board monthly meeting, regarding the sale of vacant school property. Two adjacent parcels, located near the corner of... Full story


Treehouse Youth Champions Luncheon to feature success stories and a virtual meal together

SEATTLE—Treehouse’s annual Champions Luncheon is usually held in a ballroom with more than 1,000 supporters throughout the community. Youth impacted by foster care share stories about their journeys and triumphs in partnership with the nonprofit...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 4, 2021

Mid-April goal to unveil 30 percent of the Touchet Valley Trail design

DAYTON-Adam Schmidtgall, Principal Engineer, and Brian Hansen, Project Engineer for Anderson/Perry & Associates, provided an update about progress on the Touchet Valley Trail design at the...

 By Michele Smith    News    March 4, 2021

Port's agreement with NoaNet provides a possible avenue for community-wide broadband service

DAYTON—At their meeting in February, the Port of Columbia commissioners approved an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) with NoaNet (Northwest Open Access Network) to provide broadband service to the Port...


Letter to the editor

Dear Editor, I am concerned about the conflicting messages we as small business owners are receiving from our government leaders. I thought small (Ma & Pa) businesses were viewed favorably by most Americans. Some of the policies that have been put...


Letter to the editor

To the Editor, Recent articles in this publication and others have told only part of the story that is the first semester of the COVID era in Dayton. Here is the reality: A recent article in the Waitsburg Times misquoted our MS/HS Principal claiming... Full story


Times Traveler

Recognizing her Gran's famous scones, newly three-year-old Wendy of Edmonds, WA, spent some time flipping through The Times while waiting for cake. Happy Birthday Wendy!... Full story



February 23 A male filed an animal cruelty complaint against a business in Walla Walla County. Walla Walla County A hit and run occurred in the county. Walla Walla County Subject backed into a power pole, causing damage to it, and left in the 700...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 4, 2021

Former Dayton resident receives lung transplant, asks for help with medical costs

SEQUIM—After years of misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment, and fighting for each breath, former Dayton resident Fred Banks received a bilateral lung transplant in 2020. Now, his family is reaching... Full story



February 22 Civil problem, Cameron Court Welfare check, 2nd Street Traffic stop, Main Street February 23 Traffic stop, Highway 12 Search warrant, Country Village Citizen contact, City Lumber February 24 Found property, St. Vincent de Paul Animal...


Pulmonary Fibrosis and other Lung diseases are a hazard in some farming practices

According to data provided by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, agricultural workers are at a greater risk of respiratory problems due to exposure to... Full story


BMLT hosting Wild & Scenic Film Festival event April 1

WALLA WALLA—On Thursday, April 1, join the Blue Mountain Land Trust for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Held each year in January in Nevada City, California, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival celebrates the beauty and wonder of the natural world,...


WA State's Public Art Collection grows despite pandemic

Ric Gendron’s paintings show various elements of the Native American spiritual journey. Across the Universe (Detail), by Ric Gendron, located at Washington State University, Pullman. Since July 1,...

 By Brad Trumbo    Specials    March 4, 2021

Short-eared Owls of the Plains

Glimpses of white flashed through the heavy sagebrush as Finn dashed across the scablands. Hungarian partridge and valley quail hunkered somewhere among the sage sea, and she was working her best to...


Movie Briefs

The African Doctor (Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont, 2016) Inspired by true events, The African Doctor is about a doctor from Zaire, who moves with his family to a small provincial village in France, in the...

 By Eric Umphrey    Sports    March 4, 2021

Is James Paxton enough to make Mariners competitive?

The Mariners have signed free agent pitcher James Paxton to a one-year $8.5 million contract with bonuses that could push that up to a total of $10 million. The incentives are based on the number of...


Dayton-Waitsburg Volleyball falls short, makes improvements with each match

WAITSBURG-Dayton-Waitsburg Volleyball hit the court for the first match of the 2020-21 season against Mabton, on February 23. Coach Tracy Barron shared that the 2020-21 DW Volleyball team is a young...


Prescott Tigers win first match against Liberty Christian, fall short against Touchet

PRESCOTT-Prescott Tigers Volleyball is off to a strong start for the 2020-21 season. High school sports have been stalled since the initial school shutdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic....

 By Beka Compton    News    March 4, 2021

The Royal Block sees new owners, lots of history, bright future

WAITSBURG-218 Main Street has contributed its fair share to Waitsburg's history. Built in 1888 by G.W Loundagin, the Royal Block has housed many businesses including a hotel, multiple pharmacies,...

 By Mike Ferrians    News    March 4, 2021

"March Magic" to Play March 26

Liberty Theater in Dayton will be streaming a live production of this year's community variety show. The free show is scheduled for Saturday, March 26, and will be available on YouTube. This year's...


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